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Table 1 Cost components and unit costs considered for malaria diagnosis

From: Cost-effectiveness of diagnostic for malaria in Extra-Amazon Region, Brazil

Items Unit cost for base-case analysis (US$) Unit cost for variation analysis (US$) Information sources
Exams and supplies    
Thick smear – one exam (1) 1.34 0.28 – 2.06 Base-case: Macauley, 2005
    Variation: Macauley, 2005 and de Oliveira et al., 2010, based on IEC/SVS/MS. (2)
SD Bioline FK60 (PF/Pan)™ - one test 0.93 0.74 – 1.12 Base-case: Ministry of Health
    Variation: 20% above and below the base-case.
CareStart (Pan)™ - one test 3.86 3.09 – 4.64 Base-case: Laboratory supplier
    Variation: 20% above and below the base-case
First Response Malaria Combo™ - one test 0.82 0.66 – 0.99 Base-case: Laboratory supplier
    Variation: 20% above and below the base-case
Parascreen™ (Pf/Pan) – one test 0.92 0.74 – 1.10 Base-case: Laboratory supplier
    Variation: 20% above and below the base-case.
BinaxNOW Malaria™ - one test 4.93 3.94 – 5.92 Base-case: Laboratory supplier
    Variation: 20% above and below the base-case.
Latex gloves to use with RDT (3) 0.03 0.07 Base-case and variation: de Oliveira e et al., 2010.
Health services    
Consultation in a specialized public outpatient service 11.37 ---- National Healthcare System reimbursement table.
Equipment    
Microscope – one unit - annual value 432.71(4) 292.19(5) Base-case and variation: Ministry of Health.
Microscope maintenance – one annual maintenance 54.10(6) 43.53 – 64.92 Base-case and variation: de Oliveira et al., 2010, based on IEC/SVS/MS. (2)
    Variation: 20% above and below the base-case.
  1. Extra-Amazon Region, Brazil, 2010.
  2. Notes:
  3. (1) Corresponds to the individual cost of one test considering the following inputs: glass slide, Giemsa and other dyes.
  4. (all the components for staining), immersion oil, lancet, cotton-wool, alcohol and gloves.
  5. (2) The Malaria Laboratory of the Instituto Evandro Chagas (IEC), of SVS/MS, provided the individual costs of each input for carrying out staining and reading of the slide; costs were calculated for one test produced.
  6. (3) Latex gloves – part of the cost of each RDT.
  7. (4) Annual cost of microscopy for 15 years. The cost of one unit was the basis for obtaining the cost per slide examined, for two different costing methods.
  8. (5) Annual cost of microscopy for 30 years. The cost of one unit was the basis for obtaining the cost per slide examined, for two different costing methods.
  9. (6) The cost of maintenance was the basis for obtaining the cost per slide examined for two different costing methods.